Lush Bee’s

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Are Vegan’s happy to buy Lush Bee related products?

 

I recently attended a blogging event at the Lush store in Liverpool, it was a great night and the Lush staff are fantastic hosts. The event was aimed at promoting the upcoming festive season and next week after halloween I will publish a blog post with some festive gift buying inspiration. First though I want to share an interesting conversation I had with one of the skin expert staff members regarding the ingredients of honey and beeswax in their products. The lady I was speaking with wanted to make it completely clear that Lush source all of their animal derived products from the most ethical of suppliers and that one of her colleagues who is also a Vegan, was initially not happy to use any products that contained the ingredients honey, beeswax or egg’s but after learning more about where the ingredients came from felt confident enough that he wasn’t buying into cruelty.

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Many people often ask why honey and beeswax aren’t considered Vegan? 

Well a Vegan by definition is a person who refrains from using any kind of animal products or by products, in food, beauty products, clothing and for any other day to day purpose.

There are however many reasons as to why people these days are adopting a Vegan lifestyle. Some people are Vegan for the animals, some go Vegan for the environment and there are others that become plant based vegan for their health.

My personal motivation is for the animals and I want to ensure that I am not unconsciously buying into cruelty whenever I make a purchase.

Another question people often have is “what’s so cruel about using bee derived products”? 

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Sadly in any industry where there is profit to be made ethics are rarely considered.

No exception spared for the bee whose survival is integral to our very own survival and the survival of our Earth as we know it.

In manufactured Bee Keeping the Queen often has one of her wings cut or painted with nail varnish to stop them from leaving the hive and flying away, this also prevents swarming.

The culling of drone bees (male bees who don’t contribute to the production of honey).

Bee’s produce honey to feed the hive, many hives have been completely wiped out due to starvation over the winter months as a result of too much honey being removed from the hive and not leaving enough for the Bee’s to survive.

Many Bee’s are also killed during the process of obtaining honey from the hive.

 

That said I do believe that there are independent BeeKeepers who keep Bee’s ethically and do what they can to help increase their ever depleting numbers.

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(Pictured above) David is one of the Lush Bee related product suppliers, this is his take on ethical bee keeping.

https://uk.lush.com/article/sticky-profession

To summarise:

David prefers a hands off approach and does not cut the Queen Bee’s wing, or cull male drone bees. His hives are bigger than standard hives to minimise stress to the bees. He will not intervene with a hive unless he feels that the colony is struggling to survive. Over winter he leaves them with enough honey to sustain them, again only intervening in feeding them if there is a delayed summer.

There is no doubt that the reason why honey is used in so many beauty products is due to its incredible beneficial properties.

Of course there are other products out there that can substitute both honey and beeswax but none quite match their almost magic like qualities. So in some way it is understandable that beauty and cosmetic companies still use bee produce. In fact the usage of Bee related products dates as far back as ancient Egypt.

Going back to my original question “are Vegan’s happy to use Bee related products”?

I feel Lush genuinely aims to be ethical and profitable as possible, they have a reputation for being a great employer and generally seeking to have the best practises for animals, the environment and people. It’s easy to see this is why many Vegan’s love Lush, especially considering that they label their Vegan products and approximately 70% of their products are Vegan friendly.

As a Vegan I believe nature shouldn’t need human intervention, still I wonder have humans interfered so much with nature to the detriment of Bee’s and now like many other species they require our help for survival.

Considering this should it be necessary that we continue to take from them in order to care for them when our own survival is very much intertwined.

I would love to hear other people’s thoughts and knowledge on this topic so please feel free to leave a comment below and start a conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gucci To Go Fur Free Spring 2018

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Last week Gucci made the announcement that they would be going fur free at the beginning of Spring 2018, joining other fashion power houses Calvin Klein, Armani and Ralph Lauren.

Each fashion house owned by parent company is Kering who have now been on the road to sustainability for sometime now.

Their 2025 pledge

At Kering we believe in pushing ourselves beyond our limits and driving our brands toward higher levels of economic, environmental, ethical and social performance. We see sustainability as a necessity, for sustainability and luxury are one and the same. We began our journey over ten years ago, placing sustainability at the core of our business strategy, and are now set to open a new chapter. More than ever before, we will CARE about our impact on the planet, on climate change, on natural resources; COLLABORATE for the good of our employees, suppliers, clients; CREATE pioneering ideas to safeguard our rich heritage, and empower future generations. We will help craft tomorrow’s luxury, with our new three pillar roadmap for 2025: care, collaborate, create.

Their CEO’s statement

       More than ever I am convinced that sustainability can redefine business value and drive future growth. As business leaders we all have a crucial role to play and I worked with the CEOs of our luxury Maisons to embed sustainability across our activities while developing this next important phase of our sustainability strategy.

François-Henri Pinault,

Chairman & CEO, Kering

Kering own many fashion brands, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen to name just a few.

 

This could mean a beginning to the end of the Fur industry in our lifetime if Kering are true to their promise of being committed to sustainability.

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Fenty Beauty

PRO FILT’R Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

 

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Rihanna recently caused a huge stir in the Beauty industry by launching her own cosmetic brand called Fenty Beauty.

Im delighted to confirm that Fenty Beauty is Cruelty Free and offers a selection of Vegan products including the Pro Filt’r Soft Matt Foundation.

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The Fenty Beauty foundation collection features 40 shades to suit every complexion from extremely light suiting the palest complexion to much deeper shades for a much darker skin-tone.

“Foundation is one of those areas in the beauty industry that has a big void for women at extreme ends of the shade spectrum. There’s this middle ground that’s covered really, really well. But then if you’re very pale or if you’re very dark, there aren’t a lot of options. And so, I wanted to make sure that women of all skin tones were covered so they could be included in what I created.” – Rihanna

Shade 100 (below)

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Shade 490 (above)

Rihanna’s all inclusive foundation has seen other brands quickly reacting by updating their product lines and posting a more diverse line of models on their instagram pages than they would normally, in an effort to show that they also cater for darker complexions.

 

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Last week I took a trip to my local Harvey Nichols with a friend and colleague during our lunch hour to be colour matched.

Given that my friend and I have completely different complexions and there are 40 shades to potentially match to, the girl on the make-up counter was very quick to colour match us both.

Even a few weeks after the initial launch, the make-up counter was still very busy in comparison to all the other make-up counters and the clientele was noticeably diverse.

 

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A soft matte, longwear foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage. Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds to medium to full coverage. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity, and won’t clog pores so that wherever you are, it’s going to work on your skin. Best of all, this longwearing, light-as-air texture is undetectable on skin — so you always look like you. 

For me personally finding a Cruelty Free Vegan foundation hasn’t been the easiest, I’ve been flitting between foundation brands and shades like a nomad roaming and never settling for the past 4 years that I’ve been Vegan.

Now I am just loving this brand, I feel like I’ve found the perfect match for me, it’s everything it says it is, it’s long lasting, provides excellent coverage, applies easily with a brush and looks light and feels natural on the skin.

The Fenty Foundation retails at £26.99 I feel this is a fair price when comparing to other brands that charge around the same or more and are not as effective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aromi Beauty – Matt Liquid Lipstick

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Aromi Beauty is a Vegan, Cruelty free and Paraben free, American Beauty Brand based in Minnesota that is certified by both PETA and Leaping Bunny. Owner and founder Hannah Follis a chemist by trade, combined her passion for chemistry and beauty products to create her own beauty brand.

The Matt Liquid Lipsticks are by far my favourite lipstick of all time. It applies like a lipgloss and dries to a matt finish within 30 seconds.

There is an incredible selection of colours to suit the demure, subtle make-up wearers to the creatively loud, artistic make-up lovers and everyone in-between.

 

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This lipstick is super longer lasting, you can eat and drink all day longer and the lipstick will barely even fade and this in my view makes it extremely good value.

It retails at £9.95 at Cocktail Cosmetics in the UK.

Or you can buy via the Aromi Beauty Etsy Shop for £13.24 plus shipping, this in total shipping to the UK cost me £20.00

Cocktail Cosmetics do have a decent selection but there is a much larger variety in the Aromi Beauty Etsy Store, they also have Matt  Liquid Lipstick bundle packages available.

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Rose Gold Metallic

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Preppy Red and Toasted Almond

The only drawback buying this brand online can be tricky as when buying any make-up product online, even with the great colour guide on the website, it’s always much better to be able to see if the colours are right for you.

To avoid disappointment I recommend checking out the Aromi Beauty Instagram Page as they shares customer selfies which can help give a better idea if the lipstick you want to purchase will suit your skin tone or achieve the look you want.

I recently purchased a lipstick I passed on to a friend because it wasn’t the red lipstick shade I would usually go for in autumn. She reported back saying that it was best staying on lipstick she’d ever used and enquired about the price as she expected it to be an expensive lipstick due the quality, she was really pleasantly surprised and felt that it was a brand of lipstick she would consider buying.